To many, Resident Evil is a franchise that's currently on the way down.
Even so, in a recent Capcom document entitled "Business Divisional Strategies and Projections," which is supposed to display the company's "Competitive Edge," the controversial series sits at #1 (via GameSpot ).
There are 6 powerful IPs on Capcom's list and here they are, broken down in terms of total sales to date:
Now, this list clearly doesn't include just sales numbers alone, as the esteemed Mega Man series has sold over 30 million, and Onimusha has sold over 8 million. Obviously, though, those franchises aren't exactly active anymore, while the ones on that list most certainly are.
I'm just wondering how much "power" Resident Evil has right now. I know it's iconic, even legendary. I know that if Capcom announced RE7 at E3 this year, everyone would be going nuts. It'd be talked about like crazy. In that respect, I suppose there is plenty of power and influence. At the same time, Resident Evil 6 kicked off a flurry of fan activity and frankly, none of it was good. Many are saying the franchise isn't even survival/horror anymore, which is a big problem as RE is the pioneer for that genre.
If anything, I'd say RE is one of those IPs that has a lot to prove in the new generation. In my view, I see a "powerful" franchise as one that is absolutely guaranteed to hit big. If Capcom keeps it up, RE7 will not hit big. Just look at the rapidly declining sales of the Final Fantasy franchise; maybe Capcom execs should sit down and have a little pow-wow with Square Enix execs.
Well, as Square Enix apparently hasn't learned anything, maybe that would be futile. But you get my point.